Monday, July 28, 2008

"This is a highly irregular procedure"

On Sunday,at 8AM, we wander into Central Park with morning coffee in hand. We swing by "the balloon" assuming that it would still be grounded because the breeze felt just as strong as the Saturday breeze that had forced cancellation of all flights. We were surprised to find it in operation, and the line short!

Here's a video of our ascent. The first ranks of buildings that skirt the park made me feel as if I were in the centre of Stonehenge. The slow and silent turning of the balloon made the impact of the view both stunning and calming.

Here we look south. That's the old Plaza Hotel on the left.

Here, we look west at our neighborhood. That's the Dakota on the left.
Here are the Bow Bridge and the Ramble. If those trees could talk.

Here is a video of our descent.


R J Keefe said...

What exactly do you mean by "the old Plaza Hotel"? For this you go up in a balloon?

Jess said...

Thanks for sharing that! Looks like a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

How nice to share the view up there with us.

tankmontreal said...

I'd planned to impress you with a parallel and unprecedented Montreal stunt. Are you ready?
Do you know what was set up on the Place des arts terraces, for the very first time ever, commemorating les Francofolies? A ferris wheel. Yes! Our very own downtown ferris wheel. Just imagine. Ballon-schmalloon. We got a ferris wheel!!!